The Horseman’s Word

The Horseman’s Word

The first dramatized interpretation of this bizarre initiation ritual into the secret society of horseman. A ceremony well practiced in the north east of Scotland until the late 20th Century. A quasi-Masonic text played out by a giant horse effigy and a bodhran playing, masked initiator. With live music and song the piece concludes with the horseman’s oath a rhyming and rhythmic cryptic chant using temple bells and pre-recorded drones.

An extract of The Oath
“… I of my own free will and accord do hereby solemnly vow and swear before god and all of these witnesses that I shall always heal, conceal and never reveal any part of this secret of true horsemanship which is to be revealed to me on this day”
Furthermore I will never give it nor see it given to a fool or a madman, my sister or brother or to any womankind’.


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Both the Horseman’s word and Galoshins were a result of Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts. Alasdair was invited by Glasgow independent music promoters Tracer Trails to take part in a residency at the Scottish School of Studies Archive at Edinburgh University in 2011. We are grateful for Alasdair’s initial approach to Sokobauno and for his continued support in our work to date. We are indebted too for the foresight of Emily Roff of Tracer Trails who instigated the residency without which these two very unique pieces of work would not exist. Shane has also worked on two of Alasdair’s Albums; A wonder Working Stone 2013 and Too Long in This Condition 2011 (Drag City Records)


Both of these productions are still in the company’s repertoire and when Alasdair is not available to tour Sokobauno work with Mr Stan Reeves. Edinburgh based, Stan is an authority on all things related to Mummers plays and Scottish folk traditions.